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Last night we ordered food from Priya, and I really wish we hadn't. We waited almost 2 hours for the home delivery; we had been told it would be with us within 40 minutes. When it eventually arrived it contained one less curry than ordered, neither of the two Naans or the extra side dish requested, and was almost sub-zero in temperature. It arrived via Cabbie, who had been given a wrong address, and was expecting us to pay both for the delivery and possibly for his wasted time. This was news to us, as my friend had paid by card when placing the order. Priya offered us no real apology, but did say we could have the same meal again the next day if we ordered (and presumably paid for) it. We were starving, so reheated the food, only to discover that there was a large amount of what appeared to be grated plastic in the rice. It is a realistic prediction that we will not be using them again.
Posted 12th September 2011 Andy
My wife and I fancied a Sri Lankan last night, and, reluctant to abandon our beloved dog as usual, we ordered a delivery from Maamala’s. Smashing! It took a while to arrive (ordered at 9:35pm), by taxi as usual (seems a sensible arrangement!). For £31.80 we found we’d ordered FAR too much – the portions were more generous than expected. My favourite was the Ginger Mutton curry: rich and spicy without being cloying, and complemented perfectly by plain string hoppers (disks of light rice-based vermicelli). We’d started with Chicken 65, a hot fry of chicken with onions and spices which was well-received. We also had Maamala’s Special Pittu Kotthu, a generous combination of meat and fish in a base of pittu (which is a crumbly light starch based on ground flour) and Kotthu, flakes which I think are originally more like a bread than anything else (don’t quote me). Also Dhal Spinach (again huge), and a light and sweet coconut paratha. All really tasty, and like most Sri Lankan food, lighter and less deadening than Bengali cuisine, which can be loaded with ghee and other heavy oils. My order was taken over the phone by a friendly waiter who spoke great English (other local establishments could well copy) who laughed at my attempts to explain how hot I wanted it - don’t tell a Sri Lankan waiter you know what you’re doing and want it HOT, at least until Walthamstow fire station is open again. He got it just right – exhilarating without discomfort. Maamala’s was formerly the Priya, and seems to be keeping up the standard – crucially with the use of good quality ingredients. Recommended.
31st May 2011
We’d always liked the Priya, although once or twice we’d thought the food from the Palm better. I’ve just sent you a glowing review of the Elephant God – the reason we went there was because the Priya didn’t answer their phone to take my take-away order! I checked and they were indeed open (just busy at the time, I guess) and I picked up a take-away menu. They are now called Maamala’s*
We’ll try them again, and report back. Phone number is the same.
Posted 10th June 2010
still the name above the door. So until such time that this changes the
site will refer to this restaurant as Priya.
Just to let you know that Priya is under new management now and sadly it doesn't bode well. Used to be a real regular there, great food, nice waiters, friendly to families but alas the new management don't seem to have got to grips with the menu or the service... might be worth sending along a new reviewer in a week or so? The new management urged us to go back and try it in a few weeks but I'm not sure. The food was decidedly average and took ages to arrive. Sad days!
Posted 18th January 2010
experience of priya is certainly better than below. my girlfriend and I eat there regularly, either a quick supper or a full meal and we have
taken my sons and her daughter and every time the food has been
excellent and the service friendly and attentive. the decor may not be
the usual Indian type and that is what we like, it is clean light and
airy and the cost is acceptable.
Posted 7th December 2009,
Good food, but terrible service, and very cold room!
Posted 29th October 2009
Posted 12th Jan 2009
Posted 9th January 2009
Have been to Priya a few times now and have found food to be good, service very friendly, albeit a bit slow at times.
The one thing that puts us of slightly is those bare white walls, which seems to make the place lack atmosphere, even though they do have candles on the table. Definitely worth a try though.
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